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  • Powers indicted from car chase

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Christopher Lee Powers on charges related to his Feb. 9 car chase.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes shot Powers multiple times at the end of the chase after Powers rammed his police cruiser at the Airport Road exit ramp.

    Before he was out of the hospital, authorities had charged Powers with multiple crimes related to the incident, including aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, DUI and speeding.

  • Former officer Gambrell indicted

    A former police officer accused of shooting his estranged wife on March 21 is now indicted on attempted second degree murder.

    A Roane County grand jury also returned a true bill on two counts of aggravated assault (weapon involved) on Jeremy A.Gambrell, 41, 142 Bridges Drive.

    According to the true bill, Jeremy Gambrell attempted to kill Jenny Gambrell and assaulted her “by use or display of a deadly weapon.” Gambrell is also charged with assaulting Brice R. Dick, who was at the home with Jenny Gambrell at the time.

  • Grants help with homes in need

    Rockwood is getting a help with its cleanup efforts, with $250,000 from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to help fix up homes.

    “That is really a good thing,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The program helps selected low-income homeowners with rehabilitation projects.

    “Anyone interested can contact myself or (building inspector) Harold Ishman. However, we won’t have the applications available until the process starts,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.

  • An Independence Day donation
  • Camp Get Out
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Who knew the power of the old Battle Flag?

    Dear Hearts and Gentle Readers: The old curmudgeon must confess that for lo, all these past years, nigh onto eighty of them, he has been troubled by the racist outlook and attitude of so many of his friends and neighbors.

  • Oliver Springs anticipates hike in tax rate

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Oliver Springs officials approved a 30-cent property tax-rate increase at the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.

    Part of the hike is in anticipation of drops in property value.

    City Manager Becky Campbell said property values in the area are expected to decline because of property reappraisals, “so in order for us to come out equal, we need to do 15 cents.”

    The hike is what officials estimate the certified tax rate will increase to for the town to pull in the same revenue it did last year.

  • Redistricting looms, drivers found

    Who needs a billboard when you have the side of a big yellow bus?

    Finding candidates to fill some open bus driver positions was proving difficult for Roane County Schools.

    That changed when school officials strung up a hard-to-miss sign on the side of a school bus.

    The bus was parked in a high-traffic area near school administration offices at Hwy. 70 and Bluff Road.

    “We weren’t getting many responses,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “Then we parked that bus out there and had 20 applications. It worked.”

  • Youngsters test endurance

    Kingston’s Splash and Dash Kid’s Triathlon had more than 15 participants this year.

    “This is maybe the third or fourth year we’ve done this” said Rick Ross, Kingston’s parks and recreation director. “It keeps growing every year.”

    Ross commended participants because they were outside attempting the event Saturday rather than indoors playing video games.

    Ella Lemons won in the 8-10 girls category, while Nick Pelfrey led the boys in the 8-10 boys category.

  • Youngsters test endurance

    Kingston’s Splash and Dash Kid’s Triathlon had more than 15 participants this year.

    “This is maybe the third or fourth year we’ve done this” said Rick Ross, Kingston’s parks and recreation director. “It keeps growing every year.”

    Ross commended participants because they were outside attempting the event Saturday rather than indoors playing video games.

    Ella Lemons won in the 8-10 girls category, while Nick Pelfrey led the boys in the 8-10 boys category.